Professor Joel Kupperman (Connecticut) will deliver the first John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy on “Ethics in Asian and Recent Western Philosophy” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the College of Health, Room 1016. The lecture will be hosted by UNF’s Department of Philosophy, the College of Arts and Sciences dean and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions.
Kupperman is Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. A Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Cambridge, as well as Cal Tech, he is widely known for his academic books, Ethics and Qualities of Life (Oxford U. P. 2007) and Learning from Asian Philosophy (Oxford U. P. 1999) as well as those addressing a wider audience, most notably his highly acclaimed Six Myths About the Good Life (Hackett 2006). His UNF talk dealing with ethics and comparative philosophy is academically grounded but geared toward the non-expert. It continues Kupperman’s lifelong quest to prove the importance of an intercultural perspective for the core issues in ethics.
Professor John Maraldo, for whom the lecture is named, is UNF Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Maraldo is internationally recognized for his path-breaking books and numerous articles on Buddhist and Japanese philosophy, including Nishida, the Kyoto School and Watsuji. He held several prominent guest professor posts, including Leuven, Belgium and most recently Nagoya University, Japan.
The John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy honors the life-long achievement of Maraldo to bring an intercultural perspective to bear on central philosophical issues, including ethic, the self, and social and political relations. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy at ext. 1330.